Retired recently after thirty-six years as professor of communications at the University of São Paulo, where he founded and directed, from 1989 to 2006, the "School of the Future" http://www.futuro.usp.br, a self-sustaining laboratory consisting of some 70 researchers/producers of digital learning materials, clustering principally in the areas of school-based virtual learning communities; digital open-content multimedia repositories of humanistic material for learners in Portuguese, and learning objects in science education used annually by over two million young and adult learners.
He is currently in a fourth term as president of the Brazilian Association for Distance Education, a learned society of 2,600 professionals, and a member of the Executive Committee of the ICDE-International Council for Open and Distance Learning. His research interests at present center on Open Educational Resources.
Fred also serves on the editorial boards of Open Learn, the American Journal of Distance Education, IRRODL and RIED-Revista Interamericana de Educación a Distancia (Spain).
Affiliation : Associação Brasileira de Educação a Distância-ABED
He is also a member of the Re.ViCa International Advisory Committee (IAC)